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Have you tried hydrocolloid bandages? I had a nasty puncture wounds on my torso that I dealt with for several weeks, couldn't stand clothing touching it, wasn't healing fast at all, even tho I tried everything from honey to E to sea salt soaks, etc etc etc. Miserable! Then I discovered hydrocolloid bandages (CVS or Walgreen's or online..). They totally cover the skin/scab so that clothing doesn't bother at all. And they're waterprrof so you can wear them thru showers. The pain I was feeling went almost completely away, since air was no longer hitting the wounds. They're pricey but you leave them on for several days. I have almost no scars on the wounds that I covered that were larger... but I do have a very visible scar on the smaller parts of the wounded area that I figured I didn't need to cover. When you use them, its normal for them to puff up & look whitish, and they still get kind of itchy, just like an exposed scab... and when you go to remove them, they peel off, like a sticker but don't remove the scabs. I was so afraid that it would hurt or cause damage b'c of the whole "stuck to the skin" concept, but it didn't & all I felt was the pressure of the sticker coming off, no wound sensation at all, just pressure from peeling.
Anyway, thought I'd mention it b'c it saved my sanity as I'd been literally in tears over the discomfort. It took about 3 weeks of covering the wounds for them to heal all the way but they're awesome! I don't know how "natural" they are or if they're poo-poo'd or loved here on mdc, but they were the last resort that turned into a godsend for me. I'm still a huge fan of all natural topicals but this wound had me on my knees, glad I found them b'c I had never heard of them & was so desperate.
Geez, I rambled again... I was just so relieved to find them! Sorry you're suffering, hope you find something that works so you can heal soon.
edit b'c I said "puncture wounds" but they were areas that had to be cut open surgically & then some of them had a stitch or two & some were'nt wide enough to require a stitch, just clarifying that they were incision-type of wounds.
"When the external begins to define the internal, instead of the internal defining the external, one begins living as a mortal rather than as a universal being." ~ unknown